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Public Sector Opportunities
POSITION: Vector-Borne Disease Epidemiologist, New Jersey Department of Health
DESCRIPTION: The New Jersey Department of Health Vector-borne Disease Unit is seeking an Epidemiologist to implement surveillance and public health response activities associated with vector-borne disease pathogens and for tick vectors of public health concern. This position is responsible for analyzing vector-borne disease data (human, vector, animal), and producing weekly surveillance reports used by NJDEP, NJDA, Rutgers University, and other public health and vector control partners to target mosquito control and education activities. This position will design a new tick surveillance program for ticks of public health concern in NJ to investigate and measure tick presence and abundance and estimate pathogen presence and prevalence. This position will participate in field activities and collaborate with Public Health and Environmental Laboratories staff on the development and use of expanded tickborne disease pathogen testing in ticks. This position will identify and research metrics and develop research tools to monitor tickborne disease in humans, measure tick abundance and pathogen prevalence in ticks, and apply data and findings from tick surveillance to the impact on human-tick encounters and tickborne diseases.
QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate will have academic credentials in epidemiology and/or entomology, and demonstrated knowledge and/or experience in infectious disease surveillance and epidemiology, strong data manipulation and analysis skills working with large databases, and the ability to analyze and visualize data using SAS, ARC-GIS, or Tableau; biology and epidemiology of vector-borne diseases, lab-based approaches for diagnosis of vector borne diseases and/or pathogen detection; demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and communicate effectively orally and in writing to diverse audiences.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: This position will be hired through a staffing services agency but will be managed under the direction of NJDOH. Submit CV and letter of interest to Kim Cervantes, Vector-borne Disease Coordinator, NJDOH: email@example.com.
POSITION: Vector Ecologist, Grant County Mosquito Control District 1
DESCRIPTION: A mid-level position that performs mosquito and vector-borne disease surveillance along with the supervision of truck ULV adulticide applications. Salary $48,000 per year. Location Moses Lake, Washington, United States.
QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum education Bachelors of Science Degree in Entomology, Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science, or closely related field.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: If you would like an application for employment or more information, please contact District Manager, Ann Belchik-Moser at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (509) 765-7731.
POSITION: Associate/Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics
DESCRIPTION: The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics invites applicants to apply for the position of Assistant or Associate Professor (tenure eligible track). The successful candidate is expected to teach courses in human Parasitology and Medical Zoology in both the School of Medicine and the Graduate School, serve as an academic advisor to both master’s and doctoral level students, and serve on thesis and dissertation committees for students in the School of Medicine and the Graduate School.
QUALIFICATIONS: The incumbent must bring to this position a minimum of a doctoral degree (M.D. DO, PhD) from an accredited institution.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Application information available through HigherEdJobs.
POSITION: Research Associate I, Pathology Research, University of Texas Medical Branch
DESCRIPTION: The research associate will assist in the laboratory study of vector borne diseases, with an emphasis on Rickettsia and Ehrlichia bacterial species and tick-borne viruses. Studies will be focused on the epidemiology of tick- and flea-borne bacterial and viral pathogens in conjunction with academic and public health collaborators. Tasks will include basic microbiologic techniques, growth and propagation of various rickettsial species, basic molecular and immunodiagnostic techniques, and the field collection of arthropod vectors.
QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree in basic science or equivalent. Experience in cellular immunology, molecular biology, microbiology, cell culture and sterile technique preferred.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Submit application through UTMB Health online portal for position TAM_73344.
POSITION: Veterinary Virology / Immunology Faculty, University of Tennessee
DESCRIPTION: The College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking a veterinary virologist/immunologist who will be responsible for teaching in the professional DVM and graduate programs as well as contributing to diagnostic laboratory services. The ideal candidate will have the background and ability to teach both virology and immunology. The successful candidate will conduct independent research in either discipline and would also be encouraged to participate in multidisciplinary collaborative research efforts, which could include clinical applications, mechanistic studies, and/or involvement in the burgeoning One Health research initiative here at the University of Tennessee.
QUALIFICATIONS: Qualified applicants must have: (1) a DVM (or equivalent degree) or relevant PhD; (2) post-doctoral experience in diagnostic veterinary immunology and/or virology; (3) a record of publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals documenting case-based and/or hypothesis driven research; (4) excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work well with others in a collegial, team atmosphere.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Applicants are asked to submit their letter of intent, names and contact information for at least three professional references, current curriculum vitae and a concise (up to 3-page) statement of diagnostic, research and teaching aspirations to the search committee Chair, Dr Michael Fry, care of:
Ms Donna Longmire Department of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine The University of Tennessee 2407 River Drive, Rm A201 Knoxville, TN 37996-4546 Email: email@example.com
POSITION: Associate or Full Professor of Empire Innovation, Center for Environmental Health & Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University
DESCRIPTION: SUNY Upstate Medical University (UMU), in collaboration with SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), seeks two internationally recognized experts in vector-borne diseases and infectious disease ecology, broadly defined, to apply for an Associate or Full Professor of Empire Innovation position (Commensurate of the experience of the Empire Innovation Program (EIP) faculty per decision of campus leadership) as part of the New York State Empire Innovation Scholar Program. The program and position aims to expand the ranks of world-class faculty within the SUNY system. EIP positions are highly prized and very competitive; as such, EIP faculty enjoy special distinction within the SUNY system and are largely free of teaching responsibilities in order to accelerate their research.
QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate should have an established research program focused on the complex relationship between the environment and human health, currently funded through competitive extramural sources that are R01 or R01-equivalent.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and statement of research interests to firstname.lastname@example.org. References will be requested if you are selected as a finalist. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Postdoctoral / Fellowships
POSITION: ORISE Epidemiology Fellowship, CDC
DESCRIPTION: A research opportunity is currently available with the One Health Office (OHO), Office of the Director (OD) at the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.The selected participant will gain experience in the field of zoonotic and emerging infectious diseases, specifically those that involve the human-animal-environment interface, One Health, and COVID-19. The specific projects involve epidemiological, programmatic, and educational projects related to the prevention and control of zoonoses, and contributing to the development of guidance for use by human and animal health and other partners that can enhance surveillance, response, and prevention of zoonoses in the US and globally.
QUALIFICATIONS: The qualified candidate should have received a doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields (environmental and marine sciences, life health and medical sciences), or be currently pursuing the degree with completion by the appointment start date. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: The position start date is Spring 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and are due by May 14, 2021.
POSITION: Geospatial Analysis of Mosquito-Borne Disease Transmission
DESCRIPTION: The Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability University of Oklahoma is seeking an enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher to study the environmental determinants of mosquito-borne disease transmission. The position is in the Ecological and Geospatial Research and Applications in Planetary Health (EcoGRAPH) group. The postdoc will have a major role in a new NIH-funded study exploring urban landscapes, climate variability, and mosquito transmission in India. This exciting project (R01AI153444) is a collaboration with Cornell University and the University of Chicago. They will also contribute to an established project on West Nile virus forecasting across four U.S. states.
QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have a Ph.D. with a focus on health geography, disease ecology, spatial epidemiology, or a closely related field. The Ph.D. must be completed before starting the position. The desired candidate would have: experience in geospatial modeling, particularly in the use of climate and other environmental datasets to model species distributions and/or disease transmission; knowledge of data science platforms (such as R or Python); and familiarity with developing workflows for geospatial data processing and analysis.
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: The position is available as early as May 1, 2021, although a later start date is negotiable, and will be open until filled. Candidates from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented demographics are encouraged to apply. To apply, please send a letter of interest and a CV to Dr. Mike Wimberly at email@example.com. Please feel free to send an email first if you have questions about the position.
Summer and Temporary Positions
POSITION: Seasonal Research Assistant, Columbia University Eco-Epidemiology Lab
DESCRIPTION: The Eco-epidemiology Lab at Columbia University has several positions for highly motivated Research Assistants to assist with research and outreach activities for the 2021 field season on a project studying the eco-epidemiology of Lyme disease on Staten Island, NY. The assistant will assist our team with one or more of the following activities depending on their experience: online and in-person household epidemiological surveys, public outreach and promotion of The Tick App, tick and host sampling in residential properties to evaluate human exposure to ticks and the risk of Lyme disease in urban areas. This position will provide strong training in conducting epidemiological surveys in the field, tick collection and identification, data management skills, and science communication.
Applicants should have a keen interest in disease ecology/environmental health/epidemiology/public health, have strong leadership and communication skills, and be highly organized with legible handwriting. A valid U.S. driver’s license and clean driving record is required. Experience with tick, mosquito or rodent sampling and identification, as well as with public outreach are desirable but not required. This may be a fieldwork intensive position, so RAs must be in good physical condition and be capable of working in unfavorable environmental conditions (e.g. rain, heat, tick-infested habitat).
HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Applications review will begin March 8, 2021 and continue on a rolling basis.
POSITION: Seasonal Research Assistants, Mosquito Research and Surveillance Programs, Connecticut
DESCRIPTION: We anticipate thirteen Seasonal Research Assistant positions at the Center for Vector Biology & Zoonotic Diseases at The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station to assist in Mosquito Research and Surveillance Programs on West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus.
- Laboratory Research Assistant- Mosquito and Virus Testing Duties: Preparation of mosquito specimens for virus testing and computer-based data entry. Will work with human viral pathogens in a secure Biosafety Level 3 containment facility. Background: Course work and lab experience in cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, and/or immunology is desirable. Training provided.
- Laboratory Research Assistants- Mosquito Identification Duties: Microscopic identification of larval and adult mosquitoes, preparation of specimens for virus testing, computer-based data entry, maintenance of mosquito and laboratory animal colonies, and occasional field work. Background: Course work or experience in insect identification, use of diagnostic keys and microscopes, mosquito biology, and/or entomology is desirable. Training provided.
- Field Research Assistants- Mosquito Trapping and Surveillance Duties: Field-monitoring and collection of larval and adult mosquitoes from wetland swamps and other habitats, laboratory sorting of mosquitoes. Substantial travel to mosquito research sites throughout the state. Background: Course work or experience in biology, entomology, and/or wetland ecology is desirable. Must possess a valid driver’s license. Vehicle and training provided.
Positions are durational from May 3 through October 29, 2021 with variable start and end dates, depending on the position and the applicant’s availability. The hours of work are 8:30-4:30 M-F and the salary is $13.00/hr.
POSITION: Field Technician Positions, University of Iowa
DESCRIPTION: The Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health at The University of Iowa is accepting applications for temporary hourly positions to conduct fieldwork in tick borne diseases to work with the Petersen lab group. Duties will include distributing oral vaccine baits, live-trapping and collecting samples from small mammals, assisting veterinary staff with sample collection from dogs, and dragging field sites to collect ticks. There is potential to learn tick identification as well. The field season begins in mid-May 2021 and runs through August with flexibility to meet academic calendars. Salary is based on education and previous experience. Housing and a vehicle for field use will be provided. Job requirements are a strong work ethic and positive attitude. Experience with mouse-handling, tick dragging, and fieldwork would be helpful but not required.
Professional Development & Training Opportunities
eCornell Online Program in Vector-Borne Disease Surveillance
The Cornell Department of Entomology has partnered with eCornell to provide a 3-week online training program to help you understand the tools, methodology, and best practices for the surveillance of arthropod vectors, including ticks and mosquitoes. You will gain the knowledge and resources necessary to design an effective vector surveillance program in your local jurisdiction. The course is intended to train and create a network of public health practitioners, from a variety of backgrounds, in entomology and in the approaches, techniques, and skills required for effective surveillance programs. $399 total cost. Enrollment discounts may be available.
Next course begins April 7, 2021.
Biology of Vector-Borne Disease Course, University of Idaho
The third annual Biology of Vector-borne Disease course is scheduled for Sunday through Friday, June 20-25, 2021. This six-day course, offered through the University of Idaho, is both lecture- and discussion-based and is delivered by internationally recognized experts, with integrated case studies of emerging vector-borne pathogens. The course registration fee (USD $1,500) includes housing, meals, course materials and social activities. Registration will be due following acceptance into the course.
American Mosquito Control Association e-Modules
The e-modules cover basic mosquito biology, surveillance and control with an emphasis on Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus
Certification in Public Health Entomology
The Midwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (MCE-VBD) is offering a certificate in Public Health Entomology to recognize and provide basic skills related to the surveillance and management of mosquito- and tick-borne diseases. The certification process is open to anyone affiliated with MCE-VBD partner organizations with interest in developing skills in vector-borne disease surveillance and control.
CDC Learning Tools for Health Care Providers
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide web-based continuing medical educational (CME) resources for health care providers on Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment, as well as other tickborne diseases.
Entomological Society of America Certification Programs
The Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation offers two certification programs for professionals who work with insects:
- Board Certified Entomologist - program for professional entomologists with degrees in entomology or a closely-related field
- Associate Certified Entomologist - program for pest management professionals with strong training and experience in insect-related work, but without academic training required of professional entomologists
Global Vector Hub: Directory of Medical Entomology Courses
TDR has supported the development of a Global Atlas of Medical Entomology Schooling (GAMES), which lists a total of 126 medical entomology courses offered both on-campus and through distance learning in 32 countries across all WHO regions, covering seven languages. For each course, session dates, course outline, fees, language of instruction and responsible managers are listed.
Follow the link below to gain access to the directory. Please register on Global Vector Hub.
Mosquito Training Course for Pest Managers
The Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases, along with partners in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is pleased to announce a new online course in mosquito training for pest managers. Participants who complete the 11 modules in the course will learn to identify and understand the mosquitoes of major importance in the urban environment, their life cycles, the general methods of control, personal protective equipment required for safe insecticide application, and the laws and regulations governing mosquito control for the urban pest management industry.
NEHA Vectors & Pests Webinars
The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) produces open-access webinars to improve the capacity of environmental health to identify and understand emerging vectors found in the United States. The NEHA Vector & Pests Webinars page provides up-to-date information on vector control topics and resources used to protect the public of the transmission of vector-borne diseases.
Pesticide Management Education Program Distance Learning Center
The Pesticide Management Education Program (PMEP) partners with the New York State Integrated Pest Management program (NYSIPM) to provide online pesticide applicator courses. These courses often carry continuing education credits accepted by New York, Vermont, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and West Virginia. Available courses include toxicity of pesticides, insect biocontrol, integrated tick management, introduction to developing IPM strategies, and more.
Vector Control for Environmental Health Professionals (VCEHP)
A no-cost 11-course learning series developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and partners. Program emphasized the use of integrated pest management (IPM) to address public health pests and vectors that spread disease.
Additional Career Websites
American Mosquito Control Association
American Public Health Association
American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene
Entomological Society of America
Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California
National Association of County and City Health Officials
New Jersey Mosquito Control Association
Regional Centers of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases
Society for Vector Ecology
Texas A&M University Entomology Job Board